15 January - 16 January 2020
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Argus Middle East LPG & Petrochemical Feedstocks Conference

Day One

Start End
  • 08:30
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  • 09:30
  • Registration and welcome refreshments
  • 09:30
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  • 09:40
  • Opening remarks and antitrust reminder by Chairperson

Middle East supply: A crucial link in the global LPG value chain

Start End
  • 09:40
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  • 10:10
  • Opening keynote address
  • 10:10
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  • 10:45
  • Producers’ panel: The GCC’s role in the future of global LPG supply
  • Impact of capacity additions in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman & Bahrain 
  • Will petrochemical infrastructure developments expand domestic market demand in the Middle East?
  • The GCC’s strategies for the downstream sector – investment outlook and challenges
  • 10:45
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  • 11:10
  • Iraq’s future as a as a global exporter
  • What is the future of LPG supplies coming from Iraq?
  • How is limited export infrastructure impacting Iraq’s ability to penetrate markets outside the Middle East?
  • Will the launch of refrigeration NGL trains at Um Qasr facility create significant opportunities for Iraq to compete in the international markets?
  • 11:10
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  • 11:55
  • Networking break
  • 11:55
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  • 12:25
  • Market opportunities in MENA: Public and private collaboration to promote LPG usage
  • Exploring demand in the Levant and Maghreb regions
  • New opportunities, new supply requirements and avoiding the same old challenges
  • Unlocking investment opportunities for storage and infrastructure projects

LPG markets: Current climate and future prospects

Start End
  • 12:25
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  • 12:45
  • The global LPG market: A view to 2030
  • Long-term supply and demand developments
  • Implications of Asian demand growth 
  • Trade flows and price implications 
  • 12:45
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  • 13:10
  • Navigating IMO reforms: Beyond the transition
  • Are IMO reforms friend or foe to the LPG industry?
  • How will the price-sensitive feedstock demand be affected by the new regulations?
  • How are shipowners tackling the sulphur cap?
  • 13:10
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  • 14:40
  • Networking lunch
  • 14:40
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  • 15:15
  • Rising US NGL production and increasing propane supply: Where is it going?
  • LPG trade in the aftermath of the US shale revolution
  • How competitive is US LPG compared to alternative sources?
  • Geopolitics, infrastructure and other challenges to US LPG exporters
  • 15:15
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  • 16:00
  • The US-China trade situation – an opportunity for the Middle East?
  • Beyond China – how geopolitics are weighing heavily on decisions by traders and end-users across Asia
  • How an escalating trade war could play out in the Middle East
     
  • 16:00
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  • 16:30
  • Networking break
  • 16:00
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  • 17:17
  • Innovation and LPG - Ted Talks

12-minute presentations on how innovations like blockchain, LPG to power and co-loading technologies could accelerate LPG access.

  • 17:15
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  • 17:20
  • Closing remarks by chairperson and end of Day One
  • 17:30
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  • 19:30
  • Networking drinks reception

Day Two

Start End
  • 08:30
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  • 09:30
  • Registrations and welcome refreshments
  • 09:30
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  • 09:40
  • Opening remarks and antitrust reminder by Chairperson

The potential in petchems: Opportunities and challenges

Start End
  • 09:40
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  • 10:10
  • The growing competition for feedstocks: Asia’s propylene requirements and the changing nature of LPG demand
  • Key drivers of PDH capacity growth in Asia
  • Current split between butane and propane feedstock facilities and future investments
  • Impact of price sensitivity on feedstocks demand
  • 10:10
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  • 10:35
  • Feedstock economics: LPG vs Naphtha and other petrochemical market dynamics
  • 10:35
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  • 11:00
  • China’s Propylene and Polypropylene production and the impact on LPG demand
  • Growth of new propylene production routes: PDH & ADH, CTO, MTO
  • Has there been an overbuild of PDH plants in China?
  • What is the role of PDH in China’s propylene balance?
  • 11:00
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  • 11:30
  • Networking break
  • 11:30
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  • 11:55
  • South Korea’s petrochemical expansions and the impact of downstream profit margins on LPG imports
  • Current state of the petrochemical sector in South Korea
  • Key drivers of investments and expansions in the industry from FTA’s to currency weakness
  • Will petchem producers face competition for LPG from the autogaas industry?

Beyond petchems: The future of LPG demand

Start End
  • 11:55
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  • 12:40
  • Buyers’ panel: Consumption priorities and supply options for buyers from emerging demand centres in Asia and East Africa
  • Will residential demand continue to be the main consumer of LPG in Asia?
  • With 15 countries in Asia now consuming more than 1mn tonnes per year, where are the key pockets of demand coming from?
  • How are ongoing developments in East Africa’s storage and infrastructure helping to boost LPG consumption?
  • 12:40
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  • 13:00
  • Case study: Will LPG emerge as a competitive option for marine fuel?
  • 13:00
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  • 13:20
  • Gaspirations: Has technology evolved to make LPG an economically viable solution for the power sector?
  • 13:20
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  • 13:30
  • Closing remarks by conference chairperson
  • 13:30
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  • 15:00
  • Networking lunch and end of conference